Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result


Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

The legal team representing MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa filed their petition challenging the presidential election results at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi concurred, saying; "It (inauguration) will no longer happen".

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change opposition party arrived at court on Friday to lodge an appeal to try to overturn the results of the presidential election, which it alleges was rigged to ensure victory for Emmerson Mnangagwa.

"There will not be any inauguration this Sunday until this matter has been resolved in the courts", said Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Mpofu said.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased".

Essentially what this means is that the nation will be in some of inertia for at most the next two weeks, given that the Constitution allows the court a maximum of 14 days within which it can deal with the matter.

The challenge to the election result comes one day after MDC Alliance politician Tendai Biti appeared in court on charges of inciting violence.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

They may now need to send apologies just in case someone turns up. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court", ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

The MDC reported that its foreign lawyers had initially been denied entry into the Constitutional Court on work permit grounds.

At least six people were killed in violence that erupted after the vote as security forces clashed with and MDC supporters who alleged that Mr Chamisa had been robbed of victory.